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Re:Strange Fidelity chess computer find
« on: October 29, 2005, 04:04PM »
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Dear Mr. Sousa,

(LOL) Thank you for understanding my situation, even though I consider you quite modest for your self-characterization.

I'm actually one step ahead of you, LOL.  I looked at the travel chess sets (http://www.chessusa.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?category=40&cart_id=2434060.8405) of Chessusa.com (where I purchased my Excalibur and the Star Diamond at insanely low prices, at least for new-in-the-box versions) and called them a few minutes after they opened.  I asked them about the durability of their "checkbook set" and the gentleman across the line told me that customers sometimes complained that it broke.  He also recommended the set for which you left an image.  While I still stubbornly consider it to be not-as-cute as the checkbook one, I am still quite the practical fellow and will not "complain" LOL.  Right now, I'm probably leaning on purchasing the Aluminum set.

One personally wonders how, given my worries about the durability of felt sets, that I can acquire the Fidelity Chess Card, which is connected to a felt set after all.  If I get this, I fully intend to put the whole thing in a bombproof and shockproof (most importantly Christopher-proof) container and carry it around as such.  For the cuteness of the FCC, I’d make an exception in not detaching the unit from the board.

I feel that it seems considerate to reply to other posts, because at this time I might come across as a selfish person with a one-goal agenda (sighs).  I'll attend to that soon...but this is too much fun LOL!

Thanks for your consideration, Christopher
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2005, 02:40PM »
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Hi Christopher,

I know how you feel! At one point you could only look at some of these computers and not even dream about buying them. I do have great regards for folks like you and personally I don't really think that it is the number of computers that you have that matters but how you appreciate them.

On the Novag Solo, you could also consider buying one of those travel models to save the original board you have, like this one:



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PS: I don't consider myself a "professional" even by a large stretch! But I do learn a lot from others here and around the web!
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2005, 11:14PM »
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Dear Mr. Sousa,

Thank you for such a hopeful reply (LOL!).  I am only a college student and no dedicated collector at all.  My "collection" consists of the Kasparov Coach Partner (c. 1996), the Excalibur Grandmaster (autosensory, c. 1998), and the Novag Star Diamond (c. 2002).  But even though I have sunk a fortune in the latter two (a total of $400!), I am not as good as you professionals (winks)!  But I do look for the cutest computers.  The Chess Cards fit this criteria because they have exactly what I want, a simple LCD program with a few simple-to-use keys.  I find it astonishing that the design of these computers have not been replicated since.  Sure, palm computers and the Novag Star Sapphires exist and so on, but they're thicker, not as cute, and moreover force you to stare at a pathetically eye-straining screen.  The point of a truly "dedicated" chess computer is to prevent you from losing your vision by staring at a visual screen and a simple LCD screen with letters and numbers is my limit! =)

In the meantime, I settled for “second prize” by acquiring a Novag Solo NIB.  It’s far from the cuteness of the aforementioned technological goddesses, but it comes close for now.  My only worry is that the felt board can and will tear at the ends; I wish the travel board were solid, like the Novag Super VIP or the Novag Sapphire II.  Now THAT would have rested my worries.  As it is, I will probably have to find the sleekest and more durable checkbook chess set and carry that with the Solo detached from its base…
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2005, 06:53PM »
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Hi Christopher!

Don't give up hope! I don't think they are that rare. Keep an eye on eBay and make sure you expand your search to include Germany. You could also email Dick to see if he still has any of them available

They don't play great games but I think they're an excellent example of miniaturization, especially when we look back at the CC1 and compare it to them! We've come a long way...

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2005, 04:04AM »
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(sighs) I wish I could lay a hand on either a Sphinx Chesscard, a Fidelity Chesscard, or a Schneider Chesscard.  I'd be willing to pay $50 for any of these.  If I was just a little more desperate, I'd offer my Novag Star Diamond and my Excalibur Karpov Grandmaster for at least one of each of these three models.  They are so overwhelmingly cute...!!!!!! *sighs* I'll never get one...
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2005, 08:31AM »
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You're right Dick! I'm over reacting here. I'm just feeling really bad that this piece is missing! I'll try to scour the whole place this weekend until I find it!



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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2005, 07:45PM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on July 21, 2005, 07:17PM   

Dick, I found, unfortunately , a good reason to be added to your list of buyers for one of your calculators: I was checking some things today and found out that on my Sphinx model I somehow managed to lose one of the pawns 

I am hopping my wife didn't throw that away when she was cleaning the area and that it's behind some box or something. But just in case, let me know when you decide to sell them! And learn from me: take good care of your babies!

It hurts!!!

Ismenio


Ismenio,

Well I hope it turns up, but they are such small little bits.

Acquiring another complete, and still sealed, Chess Card computer just to replace the missing pawn doesn't seem to me to solve your problem, though.  You would still be one pawn short on one of them!  There will be another inexpensive one on eBay soon that has been opened and missing the packaging, etc. 

You might try what I did when I bought my first Fidelity Micro.  It didn't have any of the chess pieces (discs) and was very cheap.  I had one of those small, wallet non-computer magnetic sets that used discs and they work just fine on the Micro.  They aren't exactly the same as the original ones, but are the same size and look fine on it.

Do you have cats?  My cats sometimes will steal a chess piece and it will be missing for sometime, before it turns up.

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2005, 07:17PM »
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Dick, I found, unfortunately , a good reason to be added to your list of buyers for one of your calculators: I was checking some things today and found out that on my Sphinx model I somehow managed to lose one of the pawns 

I am hopping my wife didn't throw that away when she was cleaning the area and that it's behind some box or something. But just in case, let me know when you decide to sell them! And learn from me: take good care of your babies!

It hurts!!!

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2005, 05:37AM »
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Quote from: Robert Weck on July 11, 2005, 03:50AM   


This would be nothing for me; what I buy, has to play!


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Robert,

I certainly agree with this, at least with the chess computers.  I will be opening up one of the 3 Fidelity Chess Card computers to use.

I come from many years of collecting phonograph records, especially the 33 1/3 rpm albums.  With those, if you can find a semi-rare one that is still sealed, it can bring amazing prices compared to one that has been opened and only played a single time.  This is certainly a different area of collecting, though, since there is not much concern about *if* the recording will actually work or not when it has never been tested.

At least if the chess computer still has the seal intact, a seller can get away with giving no guarantee that it will work. 

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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2005, 03:50AM »
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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on July 11, 2005, 03:29AM   

Yes, but it was still sealed in the original plastic packaging and had never been opened.  Just like the three I purchased locally a couple of days ago.

Ok, this makes it a little bit more interesting for collectors, but even when i consider this...

But alright; when somebody says: "That's it worth for me"...

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Anything untouched seems to command higher prices.

This would be nothing for me; what I buy, has to play!


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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2005, 03:29AM »
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I went back and checked out the auction that I lost out on on eBay several weeks ago on one of these, and I understated what I bid and what it went for.  I bid $77.89 and it sold for $78.89!  Darn, what a shame that I lost out on that one. 

Did I understand this right that someone paid nearly 80 $ for a Chesscard???

I can't believe it!!

In my database I found no Chesscard (CXG) for more than 23 $!! (4 entries)

The lowest was for 7$...


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Yes, but it was still sealed in the original plastic packaging and had never been opened.  Just like the three I purchased locally a couple of days ago.

Anything untouched seems to command higher prices.

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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2005, 01:08AM »
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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on July 10, 2005, 08:47AM   


I went back and checked out the auction that I lost out on on eBay several weeks ago on one of these, and I understated what I bid and what it went for.  I bid $77.89 and it sold for $78.89!  Darn, what a shame that I lost out on that one. 

Did I understand this right that someone paid nearly 80 $ for a Chesscard???

I can't believe it!!

In my database I found no Chesscard (CXG) for more than 23 $!! (4 entries)

The lowest was for 7$...


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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2005, 07:09PM »
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Quote from: Mike Watters on July 10, 2005, 05:42PM   


But it is OK Dick don't worry, there is this other source of Chess Cards I have found :-
http://chancechess.com/


Mike




I want one!!!

Maybe I could win at that game. 


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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2005, 05:42PM »
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It is a Fidelity 12B, though, as I am certain you know.  I don't know what the differences are, but the "B" has to be the better one - they wouldn't just put a letter "B" on it for nothing. 

Would they?
This is a Fidelity we are talking about. 



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Well, I checked out the list (thanks for the link to it) but all I can find on it that I want are the ARB and the Saitek Renaissance.

Since neither of those are mint and sealed, like my Fidelity Chess Cards, you will have to throw something else into the mix. 



The only chess computer I have mint and sealed is the Sicilian Beauty. But I couldn't send that as I can't be sure it is working, as it is all sealed up. Sort of Catch 22 situation. 


But it is OK Dick don't worry, there is this other source of Chess Cards I have found :-
http://chancechess.com/


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Quote from: Mike Watters on July 10, 2005, 03:50PM   



Someone beat me to a beautiful Fidelity 12 today so I know the feeling. 



Uh, I didn't see your name on the bidder list.  Did I bid too high so that eBay wouldn't even take your bid?  Nyeh, Nyeh, Nyeh!!! 

It is a Fidelity 12B, though, as I am certain you know.  I don't know what the differences are, but the "B" has to be the better one - they wouldn't just put a letter "B" on it for nothing. 

Would they?


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The old duplicates list can be found here :-

http://users.boardnation.com/~chesscomputers/index.php?board=1;action=display;threadid=61

but it is looking a tad out of date. I feel a inventory coming on.


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Well, I checked out the list (thanks for the link to it) but all I can find on it that I want are the ARB and the Saitek Renaissance.

Since neither of those are mint and sealed, like my Fidelity Chess Cards, you will have to throw something else into the mix. 



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If you had read between the lines of my original post, I think you would have found the answer.  I said that "fortunately" they only had two more.  Yes, I think that I would have "bought the lot", no matter how many they had.


Yes that is what I was reading between the lines Dick. Let's face it, we are easy prey for any old lady who has a few dozen obsolete chess computers lying around her shop.

I shall be steering clear of these places in future.


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I went back and checked out the auction that I lost out on on eBay several weeks ago on one of these, and I understated what I bid and what it went for.  I bid $77.89 and it sold for $78.89!  Darn, what a shame that I lost out on that one. 


That's tough luck. Someone beat me to a beautiful Fidelity 12 today so I know the feeling. 


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What would you like to trade for one of these sealed in the original package Fidelity Chess Cards?  I don't have your list of duplicates anymore, but I don't think you still have an extra Tasc, do you?   


The old duplicates list can be found here :-

http://users.boardnation.com/~chesscomputers/index.php?board=1;action=display;threadid=61

but it is looking a tad out of date. I feel a inventory coming on.


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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2005, 08:47AM »
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Quote from: Mike Watters on July 10, 2005, 02:10AM   


Just for the record lads I don't have one at all so I am a sitting duck for advantageous trades.

When you ponder your line up of MBs and Phantoms Ismenio you have to admit that the psychiatrist was right. Thinking about it your line up is exactly the same as mine. But if the post coughs up you will go a MB behind.

Not that I am being competitive.

Unfortunately in Milton Keynes you are unlikely to find a usable wallet or purse in our leather/gift shops let alone chess computer bargains. The thing that intrigues me Dick is this. If the owner had 10, 20 or more Chess Cards would you have bought the lot? And what was your upper limit?

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Mike,

If you had read between the lines of my original post, I think you would have found the answer.  I said that "fortunately" they only had two more.  Yes, I think that I would have "bought the lot", no matter how many they had. 

I went back and checked out the auction that I lost out on on eBay several weeks ago on one of these, and I understated what I bid and what it went for.  I bid $77.89 and it sold for $78.89!  Darn, what a shame that I lost out on that one. 

What would you like to trade for one of these sealed in the original package Fidelity Chess Cards?  I don't have your list of duplicates anymore, but I don't think you still have an extra Tasc, do you?   

Anything else you think I might need?

Testing the Watters Regards,

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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2005, 02:10AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on July  9, 2005, 05:41PM   

Well, I was really teasing you Dick I also have mine in the original package also with the price sticker.

But if it happens that in the end you end up with one left, I wouldn’t mind buying it and then I could pass mine on to someone else. From what you told me, yours seems to be even in a newer condition

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Just for the record lads I don't have one at all so I am a sitting duck for advantageous trades.

When you ponder your line up of MBs and Phantoms Ismenio you have to admit that the psychiatrist was right. Thinking about it your line up is exactly the same as mine. But if the post coughs up you will go a MB behind.

Not that I am being competitive.

Unfortunately in Milton Keynes you are unlikely to find a usable wallet or purse in our leather/gift shops let alone chess computer bargains. The thing that intrigues me Dick is this. If the owner had 10, 20 or more Chess Cards would you have bought the lot? And what was your upper limit?

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Well, I was really teasing you Dick I also have mine in the original package also with the price sticker.

But if it happens that in the end you end up with one left, I wouldn’t mind buying it and then I could pass mine on to someone else. From what you told me, yours seems to be even in a newer condition

As for the Phantoms, I am almost ashamed to say this and I wasn’t aware of that until you asked: I have 6 of them I was thinking it was 4 or so!!

1-MB (Released in UK)
2-MB (Released in the US)
3-MB (Released in Germany (recent trade with GM Mike Watters!)
4-Fidelity Phantom 6100
5-Fidelity Phantom 6100 Green
6-Fidelity Phantom Chesster (Eyeball)

Now you know why I don’t have room for anything else!

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« Reply #19 on: July 9, 2005, 08:53AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on July  9, 2005, 05:25AM   

You’ve done it again Dick!
What’s next? The 3rd Handroid in a garage sale for $10?

Now let’s see, what do I have to tempt you with…

Ismenio



Now why would you need another Chess Card, Ismenio.  You already have one with all of the trimmings.  Can't stand it when I have three and you only have one, right? 

Like I said previously, we chess computer collectors can be competitive, can't we? 

Refresh my memory - how many Fidelity Phantoms do you have now?  Three or four, correct?  I think I need to buy the one John has on eBay now so that I can catch up.  Then if you throw in your MB Phantoms, I would be way behind.

Am I crazy or what!!

At least I didn't have to take out a loan to buy these three Chess Cards.

Dick Schneiders


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